Actor Farooq Sheikh laid to rest

Mumbai, Dec 30 : Veteran Bollywood actor Farooq Sheikh, who died of a heart attack on Friday night in Dubai at age 65, was buried in Mumbai on Monday with his numerous fans and fraternity people paying their last respects.

His body was flown to Mumbai for his last rites. He left behind his wife Rupa and two daughters.

The sudden death of the actor, who had won many hearts playing a simpleton or a common man or often in romantic roles opposite the charming Deepti Naval, had left all his admirers in shock.

"Returned from Himachal last night - to be besides Farooque on his last journey . . . will never be able to say in words what this loss means to me . . ." posted Deepti Naval on his Facebook page on Monday.

The two performers, who had tremendous on screen chemistry with their deglamourised romantic roles and mostly as middle class couples in the films of 1980s, were brought back together in the film "Listen Amaya" very recently after 28 years.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan had posted on Twitter: "Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !"

"Farooq Sheikh !! Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work !!" he said.

Farooq Sheikh is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s, including those light hearted entertainers directed by filmmakers like Hrishikeh Mukherjee and Sai Paranjape.

His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema but he equally entertained audiences in commercial movies.

He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali and Ketan Mehta.

He has acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).

He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.

He was married to Rupa Jain and their two daughters are Shaista and Sanaa.

Some of his memorable films were Umrao Jaan (opposite Rekha), Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Bazaar (opposite Supriya Pathak) Chashme Buddoor (Deepti Naval), Kissi Se Na Kehna (Deepti Naval) and the superhit Noorie (opposite Poonam Dhillon).

--IBNS (Posted on 31-12-2013)

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